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First Day of Intersession
Jan. 4

Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
Jan. 17, 2pm
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All Faith Service
Jan. 28, 12:15pm
Shiley Theatre

Technology Showcase
Feb. 5, 12-4pm
Hahn UC Fourms

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Message from VP Vazquez

Dear Student Affairs,

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! May you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope, and mat the peace and joy of Christmas be with you. Here are some ways we may foster joy and peace in the world during these challenging times.

Help a Stranger
Praise a Child
Light a Candle
Share your love
Sing for Joy
Lend a Hand
Pray for Peace

Wishing you, your family and loved ones, peace and joy this holiday season and throughout the year. Happy New Year!


Strategic Plan Feedback and Website

We are very pleased to announce the launch of Envisioning 2024, our strategic planning website.

The strategic planning process is designed to build upon the achievements of the past decade's strategic directions, and integrate our most effective current programs and initiatives with our elevated ambitions for USD's future. This process will incorporate periods for review, reflection, and dialogue across the institution.

Through this website, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee will be collecting and prioritizing your ideas until noon on February 5, 2016. At that time, the Committee will form several sub-committees that will focus on emerging strategic themes, culminating in a Vision Conference in the spring, where participants will work to synthesize findings into a draft strategic plan comprised of a mission-aligned vision statement, strategic goals and supporting priorities, and key considerations. Findings will be shared with our Board of Trustees at its April 2016 meeting. The Committee will then facilitate additional review and feedback with the university community before confirming a strategic plan and presenting its findings to the President. Our intent is to have a new vision statement, strategic goals and an implementation plan approved by the Board of Trustees at its September 2016 meeting.

The strategic plan we develop together will remain committed to the mission and core values our founders articulated, but it will also create a bold vision that positions USD at the forefront of higher education as a model for all Catholic institutions.

Your voice is essential to this collaborative process. We look forward to your active participation as you share your ideas to help shape the headlines in 2024 when we celebrate our 75th anniversary!

Student Employee Evaluation reminder

This is just a gentle reminder to student supervisors to encourage your students to please take thepost-training survey sent out by Cynthia Avery by Dec. 15.

All Faith Service

The All Faith Service has been in the planning for several months and it will be one of the best ever! It will be on Thursday, January 28 at 12:15 p.m. in Shiley Theatre. The theme is "Care for Our Common Home" inspired by the recent letter of Pope Francis and the CST principle, Rights and Responsibilities. As in past years, participants include USD students and representatives of Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Native American faith traditions, who through scripture song, chant, dance and narration highlight their different beliefs.

Women of Impact Awards

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners of this year's Women of Impact Awards! The celebration took place last Wednesday, December 9 and a full album from the event can be seen here.

2015 Women of Impact Winners
Madison Ryan - Undergraduate Student
Naomie Baptiste - Graduate Student
Gina Lew - Faculty
Eugenia Silva - Staff
Ophelia Augustine - Administrator

Racial Climate on Campus webinar

If anyone is interested, Kathleen has a DVD of the "Racial Climate on Campus" webinar that we had just last week on Wednesday, December 9 with Dr. Jamie Washington hosted by PaperClip Communications. If anyone would like to borrow it or they weren’t able to attend the webinar, please contact Kathleen.

Christmas Dinner and Holiday Groceries

Holiday Blowout Sale
USD Torero Store and Tu Mercado
December 17 and 18, 2015
Stop by for great savings! 50% off all holiday items, 30% off Nike and Russell apparel (Nike is exclusively at Tu Mercado) and many more last chance shopping deals! (No other discounts apply).

Christmas Brunch with Santa
La Gran Terraza
December 20, 2015, 10 am – 1:30 pm
Enjoy a festive holiday brunch featuring herb-crusted prime rib, roasted turkey, king crab legs, oysters on the half shell, made-to-order omelets, a kid's table, breakfast bar, house-made desserts and more. Brunch includes a complimentary photo with Santa and special shopping pass to the USD Torero Store. View the menu and make your reservations online.

Spring Textbooks
Textbooks may now be ordered for spring courses. Students may browse directly through the store website or follow the link in their class schedule via MySanDiego. Students can take advantage of online price comparison tools and if they order by the preferred 1/10/16 date they will receive a free USD T-shirt! Renting books provides the best savings, new and used also available. Students may charge their online course material orders to their student accounts. Visit the USD Torero Store website for additional details.

Shout Outs

Shout out to Paula Hoang for her wonderful work on Sleep Week and Therapy Dogs, as well as everyone who promoted these programs and supported our students through Finals Week stress! -Stephanie Lynch

Shout out to Moe Abugan for capturing and sharing the Therapy Dog video that practically went viral at USD! -Stephanie Lynch

Shout out to Andrea Reyes for guiding our students in hosting the best event at USD (a.k.a. Women of Impact Luncheon)! -Erin Lovette-Colyer

Want to recognize a colleague for their great work or general awesomeness? Submit a Shout Out for the next Student Affairs Newsletter to Kenny Eng at

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